SEATTLE - The long and winding Pac-12 road opens this week for the second-ranked Husky volleyball team and leads Washington straight to the home gyms of two of its biggest rivals in Washington State and 21st-ranked Oregon. In Wednesday’s Pac-12 opener in Pullman, one team will leave with its first blemish, as both the Huskies (8-0) and the Cougars (13-0) are the last two unbeatens in the Pac-12.
Wednesday’s match at 7:30 p.m., and Friday’s 8 p.m. match against the Ducks in Eugene will both be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks, the first appearance for the Huskies on the channel this year. Comcast subscribers in Seattle can watch the Huskies on channel 430 or in HD on 628.
The Pac-12, as usual, has looked extremely strong through the nonconference season. Six teams are currently ranked in the top-25, No. 2 UW, No. 4 USC, No. 7 Stanford, No. 11 UCLA, No. 16 Arizona State, and No. 21 Oregon, and a seventh, Cal, is receiving votes. Eleven of the twelve teams have two losses or fewer, and of Oregon’s three losses, two came on the road at top-25 teams.
The Huskies head into conference play leading the Pac-12 in attack percentage with a .344 mark that also ranks second in the NCAA. The Dawgs are also on top of the NCAA thus far from the service line, averaging 2.32 aces per set.
With the 20-match conference schedule, each team plays two other teams just once each season, hence the Huskies visiting Oregon but missing Oregon State this week. The Beavers will come to Seattle near the end of the regular season, w hile Friday will be only meeting between the Huskies and Ducks this year.